Voices From Beyond: A Thematic Content Analysis of Transgender Employees’ Workplace Experiences

Melanie E. Brewster, Annelise Mennicke, Brandon L. Velez, Elliot Tebbe

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The present study examined the gender transition experiences of transgender employees while in the workplace. Participants were 139 transgender-identified individuals currently employed at the time of the study. Participants were asked to respond to open-ended questions related to their experiences transitioning at work and provide any advice they might share with other transgender individuals considering a gender transition while employed. Using a thematic content analysis informed by grounded theory (Glaser & Strauss, 1967), participants’ responses were coded into 4 main domains: (a) interpersonal issues, (b) intrapersonal factors, (c) systemic and organizational issues, and (d) logistics and planning. Each of these domains was comprised of thematic categories and subcategories that further elucidated participants’ experiences related to these domains. Findings highlighted key areas of stress (e.g., hostile coworkers, gendered spaces, no employee protection policies) and strategies for preparing to transition genders at work (e.g., informing human resources, identifying allies). Implications of these results for practitioners, employers, and activists are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-169
Number of pages11
JournalPsychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Gender identity
  • Gender transition
  • Transgender
  • Work experiences
  • Workplace discrimination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • General Psychology


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